Slide on in to North Kenai rec area

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2001

A short drive off the Kenai Spur Highway at Mile 23.4 is where you'll find the North Peninsula Recreation Area. The indoor pool and surrounding trails are off the beaten path and a wonderful stop for those on their way to the Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

The Nikiski spot provides a variety of services for residents and tourists, no matter what season it is.

Swimming pool

The Nikiski pool is a recreational heated pool with a slide, hot tub, rain umbrella and depths ranging from 1 to 13 feet. It is open year-round.

Summer hours for the pool activities are 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday activity hours are held from 1 to 9 p.m. The cost is $3 for those under 60, $6 for the water slide and $2 for senior citizens general swim.

Swim lessons, ranging from beginner to water safety instructors, are offered on a regular basis. For more information, call 776-8472.

Recreational area

Aside from the pool, the recreational area offers a picnic area open during daylight hours, plus overnight camping.

A multipurpose field can be used for sports requiring large, open spaces, and there are outdoor volleyball nets and other equipment that can be checked out at the office.

The area also features nature and fitness trails that offer scenery, solitude and fitness stations.

In the winter, the trails can be used for cross-country skiing.

No matter what the season, pets, bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails.

During the winter, the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink is available for ice skating. The rink is protected from the weather and has natural ice.

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